Daunte Wright’s killer Kim Potter convicted – SOHH.com
A jury has found former police officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte wright. She is now only the third police officer to be convicted of charges relating to a death while on duty in the state of Minnesota.
After a nine-day trial of evidence and testimony from over 30 witnesses, the 12 jurors deliberated and decided to convict Potter on both counts.
Kim Potter has been taken into police custody and will be held without bail. She will be sentenced on Friday February 18 at 9 a.m.
Potter’s attorneys tried to persuade the judge to release Potter on bail, saying, “It’s Christmas vacation season. She is a devoted Catholic, nothing less. There is no point in imprisoning him.
The judge refused bail, stating that Potter would remain in jail until she was sentenced, and adding, “I can’t treat this case any differently from other cases.”
The more serious of the two counts, first degree manslaughter, carries a penalty of 15 years in prison. Second degree manslaughter is a felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $ 20,000.
Daunte Wright’s mother expressed her relief at a press conference after the verdict, saying she was feeling “all the emotions you can imagine”.
Daunte Wright was only 20 when he died on April 11 during a traffic stop in a suburb of Minneapolis, when a police officer, Kimberly Potter, fired a single shot from his handgun, apparently taking it for his Taser gun.